Ingham County Sunrise Grant Program

Grants to assist Ingham County small businesses and nonprofits negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. This website contains information, resources and links to help Ingham County small businesses and nonprofits determine eligibility and apply.

About These Grants

Ingham County Seal for emphasisIn April 2021, Ingham County took action to assist small businesses negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and allocated $11 million from the county’s first tranche of American Rescue Plan (ARP) funds to create the Ingham County Sunrise Small Business Grant Program. The county selected the Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP) to design and administer the program, focusing on the short- and long-term economic effects of COVID-19 in Ingham County.

In the short-term, the Sunrise Grant Program will address the immediate pandemic-related financial harm to small businesses and nonprofits with targeted grants that address ARP funding gaps, historic economic harm to socially disadvantaged populations and the areas of greatest need in Ingham County.

Additional grants will focus support on bolstering opportunities for sustainable small-business growth for incubators/entrepreneurial support agencies and childcare providers (non-in-home) via targeted geographic expansion of childcare facilities through the remainder of 2021.

The Ingham Sunrise Grant Program also includes longer term technical assistance for succession planning, for the reopening of businesses that permanently closed during the pandemic, and to establish a new revolving loan fund under the Ingham County Economic Development Corporation.

Partners

LEAP has worked closely with Ingham County economic development partners and a large group of local diversity, equity and inclusion partners to develop the application review criteria and process for the Sunrise Grant Program. Read more about the process, criteria and application questions in the Ingham County Sunrise Grant Program Review Process and Scoring Guide.

Sunrise Grant Program News

  • Press Release: ­­Ingham County Announces $11M Sunrise Small Business Grant Program to Open Online Application June 28 for Ingham County Businesses

Application Window

The application window is now closed.

Award Timeline

Dates are approximate

August 31
  • Retail/Goods/Services
  • Tourism/Hospitality
September 30
  • New businesses during the pandemic
  • Sole proprietors
  • Nonprofits
October 31
  • Restaurants/eateries/taverns
  • Childcare facilities
  • Incubators/ESOs